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Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!)… Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes …

Tiny Houses encouraged Washington State for Affordable Housing WA

Tiny Houses - Washington State promotes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

Tiny Houses – Washington State Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages & minimum building codes for their construction… WA Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages: Tiny houses, also colloquially referred to as tiny homes, are both an increasingly attractive and affordable housing option as well as a trending alterna…

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'

Resilient design features for new home construction

Design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate.… Future-proofing homes: Our society has a collective trust in its commercial building industry to provide us with homes that we assume meet some realistic standard of resilience. They do to an extent, but a very minor ex…

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating… 1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs a…

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.… The following is an interview with Patrick Ranger, General Manager at Belvedair, a construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and info…

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

Are you wondering how to build a Tiny House for living in cold climates? How much insulation does a tiny house need? See plans for the best tiny house on wheels that we've ever seen.… Are tiny houses a good investment? That depends on how you want to live and how well they are built. Small homes are more affordable a…

Ottawa Coach House

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes

Tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, coach homes; whatever you like to call them, we will soon see them popping up in Ottawa back yards.… In the fall of 2015, the City of Ottawa conducted a public-consultation survey to gauge interest in a change of bylaws to allow secondary dwellings (Coach Houses or Tiny Houses) t…

Mobile tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

The Tiny House Movement is an inspiring green home trend, but are tiny houses on wheels green? Find out more about Tiny House Living in cold climates and whether they are a good or bad idea.… Are Tiny Houses Worth it? Are Tiny houses a good investment? That depends on your lifestyle and how well you build them. Here a…

Shipping container home

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

Living in a recycled shipping container house is not all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend.… Shipping container houses are gaining popularity globally and are seductively attractive with their modern looking lines, colours and shape. Like many great ideas, the re-use of co…

The Fiction Factory Wikkelhouse tiny house made of carboard

Wikkelhouse: A tiny house made of cardboard

The Cardboard Wikkelhouse from Fiction Factory falls under our 'too cool not to share' category.… Seriously, no pun intended - it's just hard not to describe the cardboard Wikkelhouse as anything other than an extreme case of thinking outside of the box. It's like there is some kind of one-upmanship going on in the ti…

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.… I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so Th…

News

Tiny Houses now Legal in Washington State

Tiny Houses - Washington State legalizes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

Tiny Houses – New Washington State Legislation ESSB 5383 Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages & minimum building codes for construction… New WA State Legislation Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages: Tiny houses, also colloquially referred to as tiny homes, are both an increasingly attractive and affordable ho…

Tiny Houses for Sale, Plans, how to Build all here at EcoHome

Tiny Houses - The first official Tiny Home Eco Village in Canada gets approval in Okotoks

The First Tiny House strata in Canada is Officially approved in Okotoks Here at EcoHome we love Tiny Houses, which is probably why we have a full section devoted to Tiny Houses here!  So, imagine how thrilled we were to hear that one of Canada's first official Tiny Houses full developments recently got official planni…

OUR HOUSE: a community home building endeavour

Handing over the keys to the new owners of a LEED home built by students and donated to Habitat for Humanity… Our House is the story of a small town united around the construction of an exemplary home. After being awarded with the ‘Prix d'excellence’ at the end of 2017 by the Public Administrator of Quebec (the first …

Hurricane proof home

Hurricane-proof home

This hurricane-proof home can withstand a 200 mph impact.… We found this story by Nicole Jewell for Inhabitat to be very pertinent given the devastating impacts of  the 2017 hurricane season. Weather events are more extreme in all regions of the globe, so building for a changing climate is very important not just to p…

Advice

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Update please on Ecohome’s new demo house

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Do you have on a category insulating vans?

Posted by chantal fortier April 14, 2019, 2:08 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

How do you design and build a home on a very small budget?

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house, by square foot

Posted by Anonymous Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Building a solar air collector for a small office in my Home.

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

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